Statistics from the Canadian Grain Council show that Canada exported more than 175,000 tons of barley to China in May, an increase of 38% over the same period last year.
Due to the extradition case of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, the export of Canadian rapeseed, soybean, and meat products to China frequently encountered obstacles. Only barley exports increased, this is because of the huge demand of China’s beer brewing industry and animal husbandry, and the other is the diplomatic friction between China and Australia. Australia was originally China’s main barley supplier, but China has imposed 80.5% anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Australian barley since May 18, leading to soaring export costs.
Canada is one of the world’s leading barley producers and exporters, and China’s second barley supplier. Canadian barley grown in the north has a higher protein content and is a good raw material for brewing beer. Canada’s barley planting area this year reached its highest point in the past decade.
Even before the Sino-Australian diplomatic friction, Canadian exports of barley to China reached 1.5 million tons per year.